Everything I Know About Love by Dolly AldertonA spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man youve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Its a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.
Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Aldertons powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age - while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.
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In I described myself as 'guilty feminist' for the first time. My goals were noble but my concerns were trivial. I wanted desperately for women to be taken seriously in leadership roles all ove…. The wildly funny, occasionally heartbreaking internationally bestselling memoir about growing up, growing older, and learning to navigate friendships, jobs, loss, and love along the ride When it comes… More. Want to Read. Shelving menu. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she rounds up her own favourite reads of I quite literally could not put this book down. I read it in one day while I was in Paris on holiday on my own and it came everywhere with me - in the queue for the Picasso museum, on the metro, eating chocolate mousse at Chez Janou. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel, and it tells us about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege, confirming Sally Rooney as an accomplished observer of our contemporary life. An extraordinary, raw, mystical, novel about a female sex and love addict desperately looking for peace and struggling to rid of her demons. It is almost a modern-day parable, telling a story of what happens when the only thing that makes you feel present, alive, complete and fulfilled is the romantic gaze of another. I found it so confronting, I dreamt about it every night for a week after I finished it.
While the book itself is an ode to female friendship rather that a guide to romantic love, the last chapter in particular is bound to hit a nerve with any twenty-something woman. This relatability and the way Alderton can articulate these feelings so strikingly is what has made her a darling of the British media scene. Before the year-old became a first-time author, she had a number of titles under her belt already. Having been the dating columnist with the Sunday Times for two years, Alderton was also a story producer for Made In Chelsea and a co-presenter of weekly pop culture podcast The High-Low. Alderton recently released a new podcast in conjunction with her book release. As we make our way through our twenties, this feeling is all too common. The way Alderton articulates this feeling makes you really care — something a lot of memoirs fail to do.
Award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton survived her twenties just about and in Everything I Know About Love, she gives an unflinching account of the bad dates and squalid flat-shares, the heartaches and humiliations, and most importantly, the unbreakable female friendships that helped her to hold it all together. Glittering with wit, heart and humour, this is a book to press into the hands of every woman who has ever been there or is about to find themselves taking that first step towards the rest of their lives. Alderton's wise words can resonate with women of all ages. She feels like a best friend and your older sister all rolled into one and her pages wrap around you like a warm hug ' Evening Standard. Alderton has built something beautiful and true out of many fragments of daftness ' Amy Liptrot.